New "What To Keep" research data report published by Jisc

Added on 7 March 2019

“What To Keep?” a new Jisc research data report by Neil Beagrie of Charles Beagrie Ltd has just been published by Jisc.

What to keep in terms of research data has been a recognised issue for some time but research data management and in particular appraisal and selection (i.e. “what to keep and why”) has become a more significant focus in recent years as volumes and diversity of data have grown, and as the available infrastructure for ‘keeping’ has become more diverse.

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Two Research Data Management positions – University College London

12 March 2019


£35,328 - £42,701 p/a inc London allowance

The Application of Preservation Planning Templates to a Personal Digital Collection – Reflections on the Process

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Last updated on 8 March 2019


The PAWDOC collection was initiated in 1981 to support research into new office systems at the National Computing Centre in Manchester. The author continued to use the collection to manage all his documents throughout his subsequent IT career. The collection’s index contains six fields (Ref No, Title, Movement Status, Publication Date, Date Last Accessed, and Creation Date). Each of the 17,000 Index entries related to one or more of some 29,000 electronic files of a wide variety of file types stored in a Document Management System. The collection provides a unique snapshot of the development of computer use in industry, and of the impact on the day to day information load on professionals across the period of the introduction of the internet; and therefore seems worth trying to preserve.

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DPA2018 Winners Webinars: EPISODE 4 - Archiving Crossrail

The Digital Preservation Awards 2018 (DPA2018) Winners Webinar Series provides an opportunity to learn more about some of the latest and best digital preservation initiatives, recently celebrated by the Digital Preservation Awards on World Digital Preservation Day 2018 in Amsterdam.

Each episode explores the winning entry for each category of the Digital Preservation Awards, providing an overview of each initiative, investigating how their work might be used within the community, and providing an opportunity for discussion with awards winners.

EPISODE 4: Archiving Crossrail

The Crossrail Act, giving permission for what is now called the Elizabeth Line to be built operated and maintained, received Royal Assent in July 2008. Over the next 10 years Europe’s biggest infrastructure project at £14.8 billion has integrated the information developed from over 25 main design contracts, 30 advanced work contracts and 60+ logistics and main works contracts. Crossrail embraced BIM (Building Information Modelling) with a single set of linked applications shared with contractors across all phases of the project. The challenge for the archive team was to preserve a heavily interlinked dataset without having to retain legacy software.

Join this webinar to discover more about the digital preservation challenges within a major infrastructure project, preserving BIM, and the politics of managing data from multiple parties.


  • Alistair Goodall, Crossrail TfL
  • Will Vogli, Crossrail TfL
  • Surhan Miranbeg, Crossrail TfL
  • Cathy Groom, Crossrail TfL


Winners 3 LR

Sheila Morrissey and David Beardmore present Alistair Goodall with the Open Data Institute (ODI) Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Commerce, Industry and the Third Sector

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It's all about the money

Sarah Middleton

Sarah Middleton

Last updated on 6 March 2019

It was around this time four years ago that I (and other members of the 4C Project) were breathing huge sighs of relief. The Project had just been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by the European Commission Review Panel, but perhaps more significantly the Curation Costs Exchange (CCEx) had been born!

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Early Bird Registration Opens for iPRES 2019

Added on 4 March 2019

The Early Bird Registration for iPRES 2019 is now open. This year the 16th International Conference on Digital Preservation will visit Amsterdam in The Netherlands (September 16 - 20), with the Dutch Digital Heritage Network as your host. Register now to secure your place and to benefit from the early bird fee!

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Controlling the cost of digital preservation

Added on 28 February 2019

For some time now, heritage organisations and other institutions have been in agreement about the need for the long-term preservation and accessibility of valuable digital resources. What is much less clear, however, are the costs of preserving digital heritage for the long term.  A group of heritage institutions within the Dutch Digital Heritage Network therefore designed a cost model for analysing and controlling the cost of digital preservation. The development of the model, its main outcomes so far and the user experience from one of the institutions (EYE Film Museum) are described in the article Controlling the cost of digital preservation [PDF].

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